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CLOUGH CALLS FOR RULE CHANGE ON INTERNATIONALS

13 November 2018

NIGEL Clough is looking for a rule change that would see clubs able to postpone matches even if they only had one player called up for international duty.

The Brewers will be without Liam Boyce (Northern Ireland) and Dimitar Evtimov (Bulgaria) this weekend as they take on Coventry City but have no choice but to play, handing the visitors an advantage.

Currently League One and Two clubs have to carry on with fixtures, unless they have three players involved in international games.

The Brewers manager said: “I will be looking for a rule change at the summer EFL meeting as we think its unfair that you have one of your best players missing and still have to play.

“You can have three players who don’t play in your first team at all and are called up for international duty at any level and you can call the game off. But if your record signing is unavailable you can’t.

“We have two internationals with Dimitar and we are going to propose that there is a rule change next summer.

"I was talking to Karl Robinson, the Oxford manager, and he agree that if you have one player who plays over 75 per cent of your games, maybe two who play more than 50 per cent, then you should have the option of calling the game off.

"We have our main man missing again and have to play the game."


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